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Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

Eva Fontanez
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Previous Education:
BM’99, Music, University of Michigan
GPD’02, Performance, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
MM’04, Music, Temple University

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“Not just Eva the Flutist”
Eva Fontanez, JD'13

Eva Fontanez decided it was time for a career change. Inspired by serving on a jury, she put away her flute and picked up her law books.

Before coming to the Law School: I was a professional flutist. In addition to playing as a free-lancer with ensembles and full orchestras across the country, I taught talented young musicians at the high school level.

Why I chose Indiana Law: I love music, and I always will. But I was feeling a little restless and unfulfilled. Much to my chagrin, I was called to serve on a jury, and kept saying to myself, “Don’t choose me!” throughout the selection process. But I was chosen after all, and found myself fascinated by the workings of the legal system. One thing led to another, and I found myself drawn to Bloomington—which I already knew because of its fantastic Jacobs School of Music—and decided to enroll at Indiana Law.

The hardest thing so far: Letting go of your old ways. It’s hard to give up something you’ve always done, something you’re good at. Going to law school has taught me that you’re not locked into anything you’re doing. Once that sinks in, it’s really liberating and exciting!

Favorite courses: Professor Buxbaum’s contracts class was outstanding. On the first day, she seemed to have everyone’s name memorized. I raised my hand to ask a question just to see if she really did, and she called me by name! Professor David Williams also knew everyone’s name on the first day of constitutional law. The professors have been so helpful. They’ve always made time for me and responded to e-mails very quickly.

A new life: So far, my new career has been great. I love being immersed in a studious environment. I’m no longer just “Eva the flutist.” Plus the people here are so nice and supportive. Lawyers now seem normal to me!